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Species of Thailand

Asian stubtail

Urosphena squameiceps

Robert Swinhoe, 1863

In Thai: นกกระจ้อยหัวลาย

The Asian stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps) is a bird in the family Cettiidae. The species was first described by Robert Swinhoe in 1863. It breeds in Korea, Manchuria and Japan and winters to southern China and northern Southeast Asia. Its natural habitat is temperate forest.


It is a small bird with a short tail. Males and females are similar in color, as well as juveniles after fledging; they are brown all over with a paler underpart and a darker brown crest and eyeline.

Distribution and habitat

Breeding Asian stubtails reside in portions of northeastern Asia; non-breeding in parts of southeast Asia including Taiwan, southeastern China, Nepal and Philippines, preferring a habitat of undergrowth in evergreen broadleaf or lowland coniferous forest.


Breeding males produce a high-pitched "shee-shee-shee-shee" or "cee-cee-cee", while both males and females make a call similar to "chott-chott-chott".

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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Winter visitor

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Non-breeding visitor

Scientific classification

Urosphena squameiceps

Common names

  • Thai: นกกระจ้อยหัวลาย

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Urosphena squameiceps

Range Map

Distribution map of Asian stubtail, Urosphena squameiceps in Thailand
  • Bang Pu Recreation Centre
  • Bangkok Province
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khlong Lan National Park
  • Khun Chae National Park
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
  • Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
  • Taksin Maharat National Park
Range map of Urosphena squameiceps in Thailand